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#16920 May Issue - A Good Read

Posted by alexandros on 23 May 2011 - 07:20 AM in Crete Gazette

Thanks Pam - I thought that I had totally lost the plot.

#16917 Blood Tests In Crete.

Posted by alexandros on 20 May 2011 - 08:47 AM in Explore Crete

Re the machine to check INR, this will very soon be redundant as there is a drug waiting for approval which will mean that INR checks will not be necessary. It is to be available here in 2 months the doctor estimates. Forget the name and no time this am to look it up, it is not a new drug it has been used for years in orthopaedic operations to avoid blood clots.


#16916 May Issue - A Good Read

Posted by alexandros on 19 May 2011 - 06:40 AM in Crete Gazette

Thanks Ray, but plot still lost. That link gives me a 2010 issue. Help!


#16903 Blood Tests In Crete.

Posted by alexandros on 12 May 2011 - 07:32 AM in Explore Crete

I have regular INR tests, which, before I had IKA cover cost 4.05 euros in the local hospital. Results in 2 hours and see the pathalogos immediately, or maybe with a short wait to discuss the action required.
I would suggest that when you arrive make a hospital appointment with pathology who will write a note to authorise the test. Speak to a Pharmacist, they are generally excellent here and can advise on the best doctors to see.
Hope this helps.

#16902 May Issue - A Good Read

Posted by alexandros on 11 May 2011 - 07:20 PM in Crete Gazette

I am probably being a little thick or as I have discovered a hole in my sock that I keep my marbles in, maybe I have lost too many.

I have registered twice to view the Crete Gazette but cannot figure out how to view it - please help.

#16893 Walking The Heart Of Crete

Posted by alexandros on 02 May 2011 - 07:46 PM in Explore Crete


I am sorry that I have not been around here for many's a long day and apologise if everyone has seen this, but probably some have not.


We had the pleasure of welcoming Luca and Mattias to our home last year during their E4 walk, they supported our donkey sanctuary and very kindly left walking from from their sponsors Patagonia, Scarpa and Osprey.

Their aim was to map by GPS the E4 in order to make it more accessible to people who want to walk it or part of it. Luca uses donkeys in Italy where he is a mountain guide, hence the connection.

Fascinating and dedicated people who it was a pleasure to be assiciated with.


#16891 Barrel Dogs In Crete

Posted by alexandros on 30 April 2011 - 06:55 AM in Crete Gazette

Hello Cathy

Yes indeed this is a problem which can affect tourism, however things are slowly changing and the people need to be encouraged to continue this change.
There was a meeting in Ierapetra recently held by Jorge Xatsimarkakis who is a German MEP whose family is from here, who told the assembled audience of politicians, people in tourism etc that animal welfare was one thing that had to be addressed before the area had any more funding from the EU. Included was the need to care for the environment and the offering of quality tourism.
It is upsetting to see, but often the owners do care for the dogs - in there way.
We have a donkey sanctuary and our neighbour at the farm is a good man, he is really, with a dog which has been tied up for years. Recently we plucked up the courage to ask him if we could fit a webbing harness rather than the chains he used. He agreed and over a little time the dog is now free and follows the man around while he works - of course it also joins our 5 dogs to play. Sometimes gentle persuasion, showing respect to the people involved works.
I would make one suggestion - consider assisting one or more of the many organisations here who work with stray and barrel dogs, working to help the situation. These people, many are friends are dedicated to helping, wotk in difficult conditions, often become totally stressed and they need the morale support and financial support to keep going.
The belief system here is different, it is difficult to understand this when on holiday, but helping with the situation you will find is very worthwhile.
Best regards